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New Radiation Oncology Center Opens in Zachary on Lane's Campus


Zachary, La. --- Baton Rouge General Medical Center and Lane Regional Medical Center announced today the opening of the $4.5 million state-of-the-art Radiation Oncology Center in Zachary, Louisiana. Bringing together the strength of a nationally recognized comprehensive cancer program and cancer treatment experts, physicians and caregivers, Baton Rouge General and Lane Regional have partnered to expand radiation services and technology to the region. Conveniently located on Lane’s campus at 6180 Main Street, the Center is officially open and accepting patients.

“We are pleased to bring the life-saving services of radiation oncology therapy to the region and offer those battling cancer in our area access to a nationally recognized cancer program right here in Zachary,” commented Randy Olson, CEO of Lane Regional Medical Center.

“With our shared commitment to serve the needs of our communities, Baton Rouge General is proud to partner with Lane to expand our programs and services to provide high quality, compassionate cancer care for the good patients and families in Zachary and surrounding communities,” said Mark F. Slyter, President and CEO, Baton Rouge General Medical Center.

Radiation oncology is the use of high energy radiation to control, shrink or kill cancerous cells, and is often used as a curative or controlling treatment, usually in combination with surgery and/or chemotherapy. The American Cancer Society estimates about 24,300 new cancer diagnoses in Louisiana this year, and according to the CDC, about 50 percent of all cancer patients receive some type of radiation therapy during the course of their treatment. While each cancer treatment plan is unique, patients who undergo radiation therapy generally receive radiation treatment five days a week for approximately two to seven weeks.

“A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming and we are pleased to expand services to offer patients convenient access to expert cancer care closer to home and their families, which can help ease the challenges of treatment and recovery,” noted Dr. William Russell, MD, Medical Director of Radiation Oncology, Baton Rouge General Medical Center.

For more information, visit ROCZachary.com or call (225) 570-1212.

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center

Baton Rouge General Medical Center is Baton Rouge’s first and only full-service community hospital, with 527 licensed beds between two campuses. As the first hospital in Baton Rouge, opening its doors in 1900, Baton Rouge General has a long history of groundbreaking milestones, as well as providing the Greater Baton Rouge community with high quality healthcare for generations. From our birth center to senior services, and state-of-the-art heart and cancer care, Baton Rouge General provides care for the whole family at every age and every stage of life. An accredited teaching hospital since 1991, Baton Rouge General serves as a satellite campus of Tulane University School of Medicine and offers a Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Sports Medicine Fellowship Program, School of Nursing and School of Radiologic Technology.

Baton Rouge General's cancer center was approved by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program in 1989 and was the first cancer program in the region to attain approval. The program has maintained continuous approval subsequently. Baton Rouge General's Pennington Cancer Center was most recently re-approved in March 2011 and again achieved full three-year approval with all eight possible commendations. In addition, the Center's Radiation Oncology Department is accredited by the American College of Radiology and most recently received re-accreditation in 2012. In 2009, Baton Rouge General was the first accredited Breast Cancer Program in Louisiana by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. This accreditation assures Baton Rouge General patients benefit from:

  • A multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best care treatment options
  • Access to breast cancer information, education and support services
  • Breast cancer data collection on quality indicators for all specialties involved in breast cancer care
  • Ongoing monitoring and follow-up care
  • Participation in clinical trials evaluating new breast cancer treatment options

For more information, visit BRGeneral.org, find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/BatonRougeGeneral and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.

About Lane Regional Medical Center

Lane Regional Medical Center has evolved from a community hospital to a state-of-the-art, regional healthcare system by continually expanding and adding new capabilities and technologies, as well as launching new programs and services such as Interventional Cardiology, Endoscopy & Infusion, Behavioral Health, Wound Care & Hyperbarics, Advanced Resonance Imaging Technology, and a new, comprehensive Radiation Oncology Center.

Offering a full range of inpatient and outpatient diagnostic services, Lane also supports Orthopaedics, Labor & Delivery, Vascular & General Surgery, In-Patient Rehabilitation, Sleep Medicine, Home Health, Diabetes, Emergency Services and After-Hours programs.

With more than 850 dedicated team members, Lane Regional is the largest employer within the city of Zachary. The hospital continues to grow and invest in the community by recruiting new physicians and providing access to the very best healthcare services, technologies and programs available.

Lane’s core values are Excellence, Integrity, Compassion, Respect and Commitment.

For more details, please visit LaneRMC.org

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